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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GREAT APE

He took his stand before the great ape and contemplated it for a moment.

"As Bentley I would have no chance at all against a great ape," said Bentley to himself.

How could he kiss this woman whom he loved with the gross lips of Manape, the great ape?

A great ape weighing hundreds of pounds, crying like a child!

You mean your brain is Bentley's brain, and that Bentley's body holds the brain of a great ape?

He was white haired and looked like a great ape, she gasped.

The great ape, again left behind, had been altogether forgotten.

How are we to come into the place where this great ape lives?

Cut-in-Half slept in a room underneath, with his great ape, Gargousse, fastened to the foot of his bed.

Whether they regarded me as a great ape, monkey, or some other kind of animal speaking their tongue, I do not know.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English apa "ape, monkey," from Proto-Germanic *apan (cf. Old Saxon apo, Old Norse api, Dutch aap, German affe), perhaps borrowed in Proto-Germanic from Celtic (cf. Old Irish apa) or Slavic (cf. Old Bohemian op, Slovak opitza), perhaps ultimately from a non-Indo-European language.

Apes were noted in medieval times for mimicry of human action, hence, perhaps, the other figurative use of the word, to mean "a fool." To go ape (in emphatic form, go apeshit) "go crazy" is 1955, U.S. slang. To lead apes in hell (1570s) was the fancied fate of one who died an old maid.

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nounorder of mammals
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